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Icao Council Postpones Action Against Terrorists Arrested in Rome

The Executive Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), meeting in closed session today, decided to postpone consideration of the number one item on its agenda, Israel’s request for action against Arab terrorists arrested in Rome Sept. 5 in possession of Soviet-made missiles with which they intended to shoot down an Israeli airliner.

The decision to postpone the agenda item until further information on the incident is made available was approved unanimously with the United States abstaining. Ephraim Haran, director of the economic division of the Israeli Foreign Ministry who headed the Israeli delegation attending today’s meeting stressed the urgency of measures necessary to defeat attempts by Arab terrorists to disrupt international air services.

Haran expressed surprise that while the terrorists were arrested Sept. 5, the ICAO Council has not yet received information from the Italian authorities on the strength of which it could act.

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